Ian & Stephanie's Charming Salvaged Style

Ian & Stephanie's Charming Salvaged Style

Jul 13, 2010

Welcome to Lilias from Oakland; a blogger trying out for a place on the Apartment Therapy editorial team as a House Tour Contributor. Enjoy her work!

Name: Ian & Stephanie (with dog Mia)
Location: Oakland, California
Size: 3000 square feet
Years lived in: 8

We re-use items for many different reasons; cost cutting, design aesthetics, environmental consciousness, lack of shopping options, etc. Ian fills his over-one hundred-year-old home with vintage and salvaged items because each piece tells a story, each piece has a soul… and because they look good. He sees a worn out farmhouse table with chipped blue paint and see character and history. He knows it will stand the test of time while looking fantastic in his kitchen with his mustard yellow, industrial chairs.

Flea market junkies, Ian and Stephanie have paired items from the industrial revolution with British pop art and mid-century furniture to create a warm and inviting home. A few of Ian's favorite pieces include his tin print from artist Peter Blake and the dining table made from an industrial machine from the 1800's and salvaged butcher block. Stephanie adds her touch with her Grandmother's retro china set and beautifully sewn drapes.

Stephanie and Ian are regulars at the Alameda Flea Market. They head to the market each month to scope out specific items or to browse the endless tables for great bargains/finds. They have scored photos, frames, tables, chairs, cabinets, you name it; it is their Mecca. As we walk through the wrap-around layout of the home it is hard to believe their belongings are not all family heirlooms passed down through generations. Everything has a lived-in and charming feel yet reflects the couple's youth and sophisticated style.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Early 1900s Industrial mixed with '60's British Pop Art. I We like things a little rough around the edges.

Inspiration: Peter Blake, Anatomical Art, vintage Patchwork Quilts.

Favorite Element: The kitchen

Biggest Challenge: The basement conversion and the landscaping and remembering to be sympathetic to the era of the house.

What Friends Say: Friends always say it is instantly warm and welcoming. We like to entertain so comfort is important.

Biggest Embarrassment: The exterior, it is time to update.

Proudest DIY: The vintage newspaper wallpaper in the office from editions of The Breeder's Gazette dated from 1900 to 1914.

Biggest Indulgence: Dining table constructed from reclaimed butcher block on an industrial machine base from the 1800's.

Best Advice: If you're on the fence about a purchase, it always looks twice as good once you get it home.

Dream Sources: Rose Bowl Flea Market and Get Back, Inc. in Connecticut.

Resources of Note:


    • Table and chairs from Alameda Flea Market.


    • Couches and chair from Design Within Reach. Vintage prints from Get Back, Inc. Crate & Barrel rug and Coffee table from Alameda Flea Market.


    • Dishes are Heath Ceramics and Stephanie's Grandmother's China, table from the Alameda Point Antiques & Collectibles Faire.


    • Dresser from Alameda Flea Market as well as painting and nightstands.


    • Furniture from Alameda Flea Market with upholstery by Stephanie. The Breeder's Gazette newspaper wallpaper is from the Alameda Flea Market. Ian built the shelving and desk unit from plywood.


    • Portraits from Alameda Flea Market and Ian's Grandfather. Light Fixture was a splurge from Ohmega Salvage in Berkeley.


    • Nurture Landscapes

Thanks, Ian & Stephanie!

Images: Lilias Pettit-Scott

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